By the lovely.
Now, before I write this review I feel I should make a confession. Please don’t hate me, or heckle me too much for what I’m about to say…..
I haven’t actually watched the whole of Series 5 of Game of Thrones….. (I refuse to call them seasons because in my view, that refers to the weather). I know I know, how dare someone who hasn’t watched all of the episodes have an opinion on the soundtrack?! That’s the beauty of this soundtrack though, you don’t have to have seen every single second of the series to recognise these pieces of music, because let’s face it, Game of Thrones is absolutely HUGE, everywhere!
SO much about Game of Thrones is instantly recognisable, from the incredible long opening credits right down to the half-naked ladies and the hunky men (don’t judge me). Of course, not forgetting the fact that it has dragons in, what’s not to like?
Anyway, enough of my gushing, you don’t all need to know how much I love Jon Snow!
When I was asked to review this album, I was a little apprehensive. I’ve never reviewed an album from any popular musicians, let alone a soundtrack to one of the most popular TV series of all time. To be honest, I’m still a little apprehensive about this article being a pile of poo, but here goes…
Composer Ramin Djawadi has scored every episode from the very beginning, not just the 5th series. It starts as it should, with the main theme and then moves smoothly into a nice mix of new and old music. Given that we are now on series 5, Djawadi had quite a lot of material to work with, so die-hard fans who own some of the previous soundtracks may find it a bit repetitive in places. Although the album uses older music, it is nice to hear the pieces in a new arrangement and it is equal in its inclusion of sombre, intense, quiet and relaxing segments. Whilst listening to the album, I could pick out the specific episodes in which they were featured. Some of the songs made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, but then others made me relax with a heady mix of goose bump inducing and haunting choral excerpts. The songs on this album, although some are familiar, seem to be much more complex now. As the series have progressed, the Game of Thrones world has become much darker, more sinister and ultimately, more fatal. It can be argued that Series 5 was the most brutal so far, with some episodes making me hold my breath, so it was only right that the music that accompanied it do the same.
There are 18 songs on this album with nearly an hours’ worth of listening time, it isn’t impossible for me to choose my favourite song, but it’s bloody hard! In my humble opinion, the opening song which is the main theme tune for the series, is one of the best songs ever made for a TV programme introduction and you can’t go far wrong with it. But, I do highly recommend you give this a listen. There is a note of caution however, it’ll make you itch for the 6th series even more than you already were. Soz!
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